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About teaching

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Teaching offers you all the opportunities, training, support and rewards you need to develop and build a stimulating and successful career.

You can find out what it's like to be a teacher on the pages below and discover more real-life stories from teachers on our YouTube channel.

Where to start

Follow our step-by-step guide to becoming a teacher.


Find out more about the competitive salary and other benefits of teaching.

Teachers' stories

Life as a teacher is challenging, varied, and highly rewarding. But don't take our word for it; our trainees' and teachers' stories offer first-hand insights into a range of teacher training courses, and shine a light on what you can expect once you've qualified.

You can also find out from pupils and their parents what they think makes a good teacher, and discover how you can make a real difference to young people.

  • Trainees – whether you're a recent graduate or hoping to change career, find out what to expect and how to prepare from these trainee teachers.
  • Teachers – qualified teachers tell us about the fantastic challenges, job satisfaction and progression opportunities of life in the classroom.
  • Career changers – qualified teachers tell us why they decided to retrain.
  • Parents' and pupils' stories – pupils and their parents tell us what qualities make a good teacher and school, and share their stories of inspirational teachers.

Life as a newly qualified teacher

Find out what your induction year as a newly qualified teacher (NQT) will be like.

Day-to-day life as a teacher

Find out what it's really like to be a teacher by watching these videos of teachers at work.

Teachers with disabilities

Read about the support available for teachers with disabilities.

Looking for a job

About to complete your initial teacher training (ITT)? This page provides practical information and resources for teachers looking for a job.

Talk to us online

Speak to a Teaching Line adviser live, between 8am and 8pm.

Start a conversation

Find out about School Direct

Find information on the School Direct Training Programme – train while working in a school.

Attend our teaching events

And discover first-hand what it's like to be a teacher and how to become one.

Speak to someone

Call the Teaching Line.

Follow us on social media

Follow our social media sites online.